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Sex differences in jealousy over Facebook activity


  • Females are more prone to jealousy over Facebook activity than are males.
  • Males are aware of the sex difference in jealousy; females are not.
  • Misunderstandings about Facebook use are a source of problems in romantic relationships.


Forty heterosexual undergraduate students 24 females, 16 males who were currently in a romantic relationship filled out a modified version of The Facebook Jealousy questionnaire Muise, Christofides, & Desmarais, 2009. The questionnaire was filled out twice, once with the participant’s own personal responses, and a second time with what each participant imagined that his/her romantic partner’s responses would be like. The data indicated that females were more prone to Facebook-evoked feelings of jealousy and to jealousy-motivated behavior than males. Males accurately predicted these sex differences in response to the jealousy scale, but females seemed unaware that their male partners would be less jealous than themselves.

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